Kill Kill

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Kill Kill
Lizzy Grant Kill Kill.jpeg
EP by Lizzy Grant
Released October 21, 2008 (2008-10-21)[1][2]
Recorded 2008
Length 13:34
Label 5 Points
Producer David Kahne
Lizzy Grant chronology
Kill Kill
Lana Del Ray
(2010)Lana Del Ray2010

Kill Kill is the first extended play (EP) by American singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey. It was released on October 21, 2008[2][3] in the United States through 5 Points Records under Del Rey's real name, Lizzy Grant.[4] The three songs on the EP would later be included on the 2010 album Lana Del Ray. "Yayo" would later be re-recorded and released a third time, on Del Rey's 2012 EP, Paradise.[5] "Kill Kill" was the EP's only single. A music video accompanied the track and was published in 2008.[6][7][8]

Background and composition[edit]

The title track, "Kill Kill", was originally titled "The Ocean"; however, the title changed after a record producer dismissed the name as "boring". In frustration, Lana crossed out "The Ocean" above the lyrics, and wrote "Kill Kill" in place of a title.[9]

"Yes, when I recorded with Davey (David Kahne), we recorded 13 songs. So I was never expecting to release an EP, but when iTunes came to us, and became fervent supporters and said, "put out anything and we'll give you the artist's spotlight". We decided, okay, we'll just put out an EP, which was released on October 21".[1]

In an interview, Del Rey called the EP's genre "Hawaiian glam metal".[1] Artists that influenced the EP's sound include Elvis Presley, Poison, and Van Halen.[1] Songwriter and producer David Nichtern revealed to MTV that Kill Kill was a way for Del Rey and her team to generate some buzz before releasing a fully produced studio album.[10] Writing for The Huffington Post, Felicia C. Sullivan said that the EP was "decidedly anti-genre", containing elements of jazz, pop, electronica, rock, and blues.[11]

Critical reception[edit]

Index Magazine called Kill Kill "lush and cinematic, with strings, Wurlitzers, and electric guitars".[1] On the three tracks, Del Rey's voice was called "gravelly" and inspired by Marilyn Monroe.[1] Felicia C. Sullivan, a journalist for The Huffington Post, wrote that Del Rey's vocals were haunting and soulful on Kill Kill.[11] Lyrically, Kill Kill was called dark, poetic, and elegant.[11] Of the videos shot for Kill Kill, Sullivan said they were "quirky, odd, [and] magical", stating that Del Rey must be "infatuated with Americana".[11] Sullivan said it was safe to say that the tracks of Kill Kill tell the story of a "precocious, but strong-willed woman on display". Del Rey endorsed the critique,[11] adding that she:

"... didn't feel trapped in a trailer park. I felt trapped before I got to the trailer park because I had nowhere to live. When I got my trailer, everyone there had the same taste as I did. We all liked giant, lush, fake flower gardens and liked to decorate the walls with streamers even if it wasn't our birthday. I couldn't have been happier there. Before that, I did dream of escaping. I always just figured it was gonna be a man who would take me away. I don't know if I deserve a good man, but I think about it sometimes".[11]

Shirley Halperin of The Hollywood Reporter noted that the EP differs from the tone and sound of Del Rey's debut major label single, "Video Games", which gained Del Rey significant mainstream attention.[12] More specifically, Halperin described a contrast in "Video Games", and Del Rey's works before "Video Games", including Kill Kill, with the former having contained a "breathy, melancholy musings", and the latter having contained a "jazz-meets-electronica lounge" sound.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All songs produced by David Kahne.

1."Kill Kill"Elizabeth Grant3:59
3."Gramma (Blue Ribbon Sparkler Trailer Heaven)"
  • Grant
  • David Kahne
Total length:13:34


  1. ^ a b c d e f Tremblay, Brea. "Lizzy Grant, 2008". Index Magazine. Index Worldwide. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Lana Del Rey On World Cafe". NPR. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  3. ^ Dobbins, Amanda. "Anatomy of a Backlash: Tracking the Many Ups and Downs of Lana Del Rey". Vulture. New York. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Kill Kill on Amazon MP3 Downloads". Retrieved July 20, 2012 Archived February 10, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "iTunes - Music - Born To Die - The Paradise Edition". Apple. Retrieved 2012-09-24.
  6. ^ Horne, Adam. "Lizzy Grant, 'Kill Kill' -- Video of the Day". Spinner. AOL. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Lizzy Grant - Kill Kill - Viral Videos". Spike. Viacom. Archived from the original on 4 February 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  8. ^ Pini, Gary. "Lizzy Grant's "Kill Kill" Is Our Music Video of the Day". Paper. Paper Publishing Inc. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  9. ^ Bates, Andy. "What you see vs. what you get". Adirondack Daily Enterprise. Retrieved 2012-08-10.
  10. ^ Ayers, Mike (January 30, 2012). "Why Lana Del Rey's First Album Disappeared". MTV. Viacom. Archived from the original on April 10, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
  11. ^ a b c d e f Sullivan, Felicia C. (February 20, 2009). "Interview: Singer/Songwriter Lizzy Grant on Cheap Thrills, Elvis, The Flamingos, Trailer Parks, and Coney Island". The Huffington Post. AOL. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
  12. ^ a b Halperin, Shirley (October 12, 2011). "Lana Del Rey: 5 Things to Know About the Sexpot Singer". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 9, 2012.